Taxis in Phuket
Meter taxis are relatively cheap and hassle free, unfortunately, these are only normally available from the airport. Walk out of the arrivals hall on the ground floor, turn right and walk to the end of the airport terminal building. There is an airport surcharge of 100 Baht but the overall cost should workout slightly less than using the airport “limousine” service.
Most of the taxis you will come across on the island are unlicensed taxis, especially in busy tourist areas such as Patong. These are normal looking saloons without any special markings. Like tuk-tuks, you must agree the fare beforehand. You must haggle as the drivers will always quote a price much higher than they will accept. If you are planning on visiting a few places, it can be convenient to hire these taxis for the whole day.
As is the case with tuk-tuks, unlicensed taxis are prone to stopping at shops ‘along the way’, for which they will receive a commission or petrol vouchers. Always insist that they take you to your specified destination.
Motorbike taxis are available almost anywhere. Fares start at 20 baht, although be prepared to haggle. The official drivers wear red or green vests with a white number on the back. This is not a recommended way of getting around, but they can be handy for short trips when you are in a hurry.
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